Best Portable Projectors for PowerPoint Presentations

We all know how important it is in business to deliver a first-class PowerPoint presentation. When you are traveling from customer to customer, part of the stress in delivering these presentations is not knowing what audio-visual equipment will be available for you at their office. Will it be compatible with my laptop, will they have the correct cables available to me, will they have a projector at all to deliver my PowerPoint?

Surely, the best way of ensuring that your presentation goes without a hitch is to have your own equipment, including a projector with you so that you can rest assured that your fabulous speech will be first-rate.

For that, you are going to need a portable projector capable of delivering your PowerPoint presentations with ease.

Our guide below has the best portable business projectors on the market.

In a hurry?

We have summarised our top picks into the shortlist below. For a full review of each of the units, scroll further down the article.

The all-rounder option *Editors choice*

Epson PowerLite 1780W LCD Projector – Check price on Amazon

Premier product option
Epson PowerLite 1925W Business Projector – Check price on Amazon

Mid-budget option
ViewSonic 3800 – Check price on Amazon

Tight budget option
Apeman LC350 – Check price on Amazon

Best for mobile devices option
Fangor F-402 – Check price on Amazon

The “also ran” option
Optoma GT1080 Darbee – Check price on Amazon

Considerations?

Weight

As you will be carrying around the projector, it’s important to consider its weight as you don’t want to work up a sweat carrying the portable projector even before you begin to present. Luckily, most portable projector manufacturers have considered this aspect to make your day a little more comfortable.

It’s also worth checking that your portable projector comes with its own carry case to keep the projector, cables, and remote in one place.

Luminosity

The luminosity or brightness of your portable projector will be absolutely key. The last thing that you need is for your delegates not to be able to see your first-class PowerPoint presentation.

As you won’t know exactly how bright the room will be that you are due to present in, it’s critical that your projector will be capable of competing with the environmental brightness.

The brightness of any portable projector is measured in lumens. A projector offering 3000 lumens should be sufficient for most situations however brighter projectors are available too.

Connectivity

It’s important to ensure that your projector has compatible display ports to allow it to connect to your laptop with ease. If it doesn’t, don’t worry as there are many adapters available to allow your laptop to ensure that both your portable projector and the laptop are compatible.

Adapters generally work fine however not having to use them in the first place means that you have one less thing to fail and go wrong in between your presentation.

Audio

If your presentations don’t require sound or video playback then you can skip this consideration.

That said if your presentation does include sound or video playback you will need to consider your audio options. Obviously, your laptop could be used to deliver the audio playback however please check the audio quality of your device first.

Another option is to purchase a portable projector with an integrated speaker. These aren’t usually particularly powerful. If you do require an integrated speaker then ensure that it is at least a 10-watt mono or stereo speaker.

Keystone

Keystone correction, otherwise known as “keystoning” is the ability to adjust the projected image so that you can align it correctly in an even/straight rectangular format.

This is especially important for portable projectors as you can’t guarantee how high or low the surface will be that you are projecting from as well as how far from the screen you will be. All these factors mean that your default image will be skewed. Keystoning allows you to adjust the projected image to accommodate these variables, which means one less worry for you as you are about to present.

Look out for this feature when selecting your perfect portable projector for PowerPoint presentations.

Portable Projector Reviews

Epson V11H795020 PowerLite 1780W LCD Projector

For us at TechChiller.com, the Epson PowerLite 1780W is the ultimate all-rounder when it comes to delivering business presentations when on the move. It strikes the right balance between image quality, portability, ease of use, range of devices to connect to it along with countless other reasons, all at an affordable price.

Firstly, at 3.99lbs (1.8kg) you won’t be able to find a lighter projector that delivers this sort of performance. It can travel with you anywhere without giving you the feeling that it is weighing you down when on the move. The PowerLite series all come with their own carry case too. Very handy indeed!

The projector delivers a crystal clear, bright image at 3000 lumens. You, therefore, won’t need to switch off the lights to deliver your PowerPoint presentation and it should easily cope with all but the very brightest of office environments.

The image quality itself is an impressive 1080p standard using a WXGA standard 1280 x 800 resolution. Rest assured that your images, videos and text will look impressive to all sitting around the meeting table.

Using inbuilt Miracast technology, you will be able to easily connect to compatible laptops, tablets, and mobile phones that support Miracast without the need to use any cables. Again, this makes presenting, quick, and painless.

It also supports Chromecast connecting a Chromecast device to the HDMI port, which again extends its capabilities further.

Setting up the projector couldn’t be easier as it has an inbuilt keystoning feature. This means that with a few clicks of the remote control, the projector itself will evaluate the size of your screen, the angle from the screen and adjust the image so that it fits the screen perfectly. It does this via a separate camera to scan the screen in front of it. Impressive!

The inputs included in this portable projector are VGA, HDMI, USB A, USB B, Composite Video, and Aux (out).

Although the projector does have a fan, the sound levels are low and won’t distract from your presentation.

If you ever do get stuck on how to use the Epson PowerLite 1780W, it has an inbuilt help manual that can be found by using the remote control provided in the box.

Overall, this is our editor’s choice for portable business projectors that offers exceptional value for money, helping you deliver exception presentations.

Full Specs

Projection Method
Front/rear ceiling mount, Front/rear desktop
Pixel Number
1,024,000 dots (1280 x 800) x 3
Color Brightness – Color Light Output
3,000 Lumens
White Brightness – White Light Output
3,000 Lumens
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Resolution
1280 x 800 (WXGA)
Resize
640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA), 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+)
Lamp Life
7,000 hours (ECO Mode), 4,000 hours (Normal Mode)
Throw Ratio Range
1.04 – 1.26
Size – projected distance
30″ – 300″ (2.2 – 26.8 ft)
Keystone Correction
Automatic Vertical: ±30 degrees, Manual Horizontal: ±30 degrees
Contrast Ratio
Up to 10,000:1

Epson PowerLite 1925W Business Projector

The Epson PowerLite 1780W packs a real punch with its ultra-bright image. In terms of budget, this projector is at the absolute top end of what you would pay for a portable business projector. With this price though, you get an awful lot of features. Also, as it is built by Epson, you know that you are going to be getting a superb projector.

Firstly, at 7.82lbs (3.5kg) this projector is certainly heavier and bulkier than the 1700 series PowerLite above. This makes it a little more cumbersome to carry around, however, it certainly wouldn’t be too heavy to carry for a short duration. The good news is that the PowerLite series all come with their own carry case too. Very handy indeed!

The projector delivers a crystal clear, bright image at 4000 lumens, a whole 1000 more lumens than what you would get from the 1700 series. At 4000 lumens, your PowerPoint presentations will look great in even a bright office environment so there won’t be a need to switch off any lights.

The image quality itself is an impressive 720p standard using a WXGA standard 1280 x 800 resolution. Rest assured that your images, videos and text will look impressive to all sitting around the meeting table.

The projector comes with an inbuilt wireless module that allows your device to connect to it via 802.11 a/b/g supported laptop or mobile devices. This removes the need to use any wires to connect to the projector to present.

There is an optional Wi-Fi Quick Connect key available for faster wireless setup however, this only works with a PC/laptop.

Displaying your presentation from the USB port has the added feature of being able to also use the projector remote to turn your PowerPoint slides by using the page up and page down button. This means that you don’t need to worry about bringing a separate presentation remote with you.

The Epson PowerLite 1925W offers an impressive 10W mono speaker. This should be powerful enough to fill a medium size office or conference room with sound without an issue.

Unfortunately, setting up the projector isn’t as easy as its Epson PowerLite 1700 cousins as it doesn’t offer the auto keystoning feature to your projector screen. It does however have an 1.6x manual zoom with powered focus available via the remote. The projector menu is also where you will find the manual keystone features.

The inputs included in this portable projector are VGA, HDMI, USB A, USB B, Composite Video and Aux (out) plus many others.

Although the projector does have a fan, the sound levels are low and won’t distract from your presentation.

In conclusion, this projector offers a powerful solution for your presentation needs. However, given the price and lack of connectivity and setup options that are available in the cheaper Epson PowerLite 1700 range (see Editors choice above) it doesn’t get a 5 out of 5 rating from TechChiller.com

Full Specs

Brightness
4000 lumens
Contrast Ratio
2000:1
Projection
3LCD
Native Resolution
WXGA (1280×800)
Max Resolution
1600×1200
3D
No
Native Aspect Ratio
4:3
Lamp Life
2500 hours
Noise Level (-db)
37.0
Audio
10.0W Mono
HDMI
Yes
Wireless Networking
Yes
Dimensions
3.7H x 14.1W x 10.1D
Weight
7.8kg

Infocus IN112V

The Infocus IN112V is the first of the mid-range products reviewed in this article. Although it uses older technology, it still offers enough performance at a decent price to deliver PowerPoint presentations that won’t disappoint.

Firstly, it has a solid contrast ratio of 17000:1 which makes the whites a deep white and the blacks a deep black. Therefore your colorful presentations are going to look pretty much as you designed them, which is important when you are trying to impress your colleagues or clients in a presentation.

Its brightness is a very respectful 3600 lumens which means that you will be able to present without the need to switch lights off and it will be able to handle a fair amount of sunlight without needing to close the blinds.

So far so good, however as this projector uses the older SVGA technology, it can only support resolutions of 800 x 600. This is the first area where this projector will begin to disappoint. That said, for PowerPoint presentations with embedded video and photos, this shouldn’t be a massive issue.

The connectivity options for the Infocus IN112V are fairly standard too. The projector comes with HDMI, Composite video, S-video, 3.5mm audio input, VGA x 2 inputs. This will suit most scenarios, so again there won’t be much to worry about here. That said, it doesn’t come with any inbuilt wireless connectivity as more modern projectors do. Again, this is another area where you are getting what you pay for and we must remember that this is a mid-range projector.

The speaker does come with an inbuilt speaker however it is only a 2W mono speaker. Again, for the vast majority of PowerPoint presentations, a low powered speaker shouldn’t be an issue and it’s just nice to have an inbuilt speaker as a backup.

At 5.07lbs, this isn’t the lightest device in this article but it is by no means the heaviest either. The other downside is that it doesn’t come with a carry case so therefore you will need to source one separately to fit the device dimensions (see full specs below).

In conclusion, the Infocus IN112V is a solid mid-range projector that won’t disappoint you for PowerPoint presentations. That said, given that it doesn’t come with any modern features and that it comes in more expensive than the ViewSonic 3800 (see review below), it didn’t get awarded the mid-budget choice for TechChiller.com.  With this projector, you won’t be getting a lot of bang for your buck so we would recommend that you check other products on this list.

Full specs

Resolution
Native SVGA (800 x 600)
Resolution
Maximum WUXGA (1920 x 1200)
Speakers
Mono 2W x 1
Lamp Brightness
3,500 lumens
Contrast Ratio
17,000:1
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Connectors
Inputs HDMI 1.4, Composite video, S-video, 3.5mm PC audio, VGA x2

Outputs 3.5mm audio output, VGA
Product Dimensions
3.5 x 12.4 x 8.8 in /
88.9 x 315 x 223.5 mm
Product Weight
5.2 lbs / 2.3 kg

ViewSonic 3800

The ViewSonic 3800 was awarded our mid-budget choice at TechChiller.com and by reading our review below, we hope that you’ll agree why.

First of all, its 22000:1 contrast ratio will offer superior colors including deep blacks and whites which will really make your PowerPoint presentations pop. Images and videos look gorgeous on this device. Essentially, the PowerPoint that is delivered to the screen will look just as good as what was originally designed. This is so important when trying to impress clients.

The projector uses WXGA technology that offers a 1280×800 resolution that will easily deal with any embedded 1080p images or videos in your presentation.

As this is a mid-range projector it doesn’t come fitted with any super-modern wireless technology to allow you to directly connect from your laptop or mobile device via wireless. It does however offer a large number of wired connectivity choices including Mini USB Type B, Audio Output, 3.5mm Audio In, Control (RS232), HDMI 1.4, VGA In (x2), VGA Out, Composite RCA Video In. Wireless connectivity could be offered by a Chromecast enabled device plugged into the HDMI port. For most business purposes though, this won’t be an issue.

The speaker does come with an inbuilt speaker however it is only a 2W mono speaker. Again, for the vast majority of PowerPoint presentations, a low powered speaker shouldn’t be an issue and it’s just nice to have an inbuilt speaker as a backup.

There is a vertical keystone correction facility available via the projector menu that will allow you to perfectly align the projector image with the screen that you wish to present it to. This is critical when you are trying to impress a room of clients or customers as you don’t want your image to detract from your overall delivery.

Much like the InFocus IN112V above, the brightness of the ViewSonic 3800 is a very respectful 3600 lumens which means that you will be able to present without the need to switch lights off and it will be able to handle a fair amount of sunlight without needing to close the blinds.

Another similarity with the InFocus IN112V is at 4.89 lbs, this isn’t the lightest device in this article but it is by no means the heaviest either. The other downside is that it doesn’t come with a carry case so therefore you will need to source one separately to fit the device dimensions (see full specs below).

In conclusion, the ViewSonic 3800 hits all of the sweet spots for a mid-budget portable business projector as it offers strong performance in each area. It isn’t as impressive as the Epson PowerLite 1780W reviewed above but for this price point, it is very competitive indeed. If your budget can’t stretch to the Epson model, then this is probably the best alternative on the market at the moment. You won’t be disappointed.

Full specs

Native Resolution
1280×800
Brightness
3600 ANSI Lumens
Contrast Ratio with SuperEco mode
22000:1
Light source life (Nor/SuperEco)
5000/15000
Image size
30″ – 300″
Resolution Support
VGA(640 x 480) to FullHD(1920 x 1080)
HDTV Compatibility
480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Input
Computer in (D-SUB 15 pin) x2, Composite x1, Audio-in (3.5mm) x1, HDMI x1 (Back)
Output
Monitor out (D-SUB 15 pin) x1, Audio out (3.5mm) x1
Speaker
2W

Apeman LC350

The Apeman LC350 was awarded our tight-budget choice at TechChiller.com and when we mean tight, we mean tight. You will struggle to find as impressive a projector at this price point on the market.

However, at such a cheap price, you are probably thinking that for Apeman, it would be impossible to deliver the superior quality that you would get at the higher price points above. You’d be correct in that assumption.

First of all, let’s look at the positive points.

This portable projector is super portable due to its weight of 2.18 lbs. That’s just slightly under 1kg! It also comes with its own carry case just to add even more convenience.

The unit is very small and compact at 7.7 x 6.5 x 2.3 inches, which again makes this ultra-portable for moving between clients’ offices.

The Apeman LC350 bucks the trend of most inbuilt projector speaker systems by providing not one but two speakers. This gives the Apeman LC350 a pretty good sound quality. It won’t fill a conference room (no projector speakers would) but they are an excellent backup.

One last positive for this unit is that for such a smaller device, it has a very quiet fan that won’t distract from your PowerPoint presentations. Some of the other smaller portable devices do have louder fans.

That is where the positives end. Now for the negatives.

The connectivity options are fairly limited, as the unit only comes with HDMI, VGA, USB, AV, and AV ports. The USB port isn’t meant to carry video or sound data and will only support USB flash storage devices.

There are no inbuilt wireless connectivity features. To wirelessly connect to your business laptop or mobile device, you would need to purchase a separate Miracast dongle and insert this into the HDMI port (presuming that your laptop or phone supports Miracast).

Reading some online articles and reviews of the Apeman LC350 online would also lead you to believe that this portable projector supports 1080p video playback. That isn’t the case. The projector supports the input of 1080p video but the output displayed would be merely an 800 x 480 native resolution. This isn’t a major issue for PowerPoint presentations however if your presentation is media-rich, this projector isn’t going to impress your audience.

Another major drawback is that, even though the literature states that the device delivers 5500 lumens, in order to view the picture at its best, the room will need to be very dark. In fact, the room would need the lights switching off. This is a major obstacle for business meetings when delegates are trying to take notes.

The picture colors aren’t very good either. The colors look quite washed out so if your presentation is full of beautiful imagery etc, you will be disappointed with the results.

In conclusion, this projector wasn’t designed to support business presentations and it shows. There are so many limitations to the Apeman LC350 that you will quickly become frustrated with its performance. However, for the price of this portable projector, it’s amazing how much Apeman has packed into the device.

If you have an absolutely minimal budget and you need a portable projector to carry around with you on business trips then this is the projector for you. We would recommend that you try to purchase a higher-end model such as the ViewSonic 3800 or preferably, the Epson PowerLite 1780W (see links and reviews above).

Full specs

Display Technology
LCD
Contrast Ratio
2000:1
Brightness
5500 Lumen
Lamp Life
50,000 hrs
Native Resolution
800 x 480
Speaker
Dual Speakers
Dimensions
19.7 x 16.6 x 6 cm

Optoma GT1080Darbee

The Optoma GT1080Darbee is a very impressive projector for a sub $1000 price. This unit differs from the rest of the portable business projectors in this article as it is the only ultra-short throw projector reviewed.

First of all the projector is very portable as it comes with its own carry case and at only 5.5 lbs this isn’t going to be too heavy to carry around between clients’ business premises.

The Optoma GT1080Darbee excels in the fact that it has an ultra-short-throw lens. This means that you can create a 100-inch image from having the projector only 1 meter away from the projector screen. This is a huge canvas to display your all-important PowerPoint presentations.

The second trick up its sleeve is the “Darbee” technology that this model has. With the Darbee mode turned on, the level of detail of any high-resolution images or video embedded in your presentation will absolutely pop and look beautiful. Truly impressive technology for a sub $1000 portable business projector.

The projector will display a full 1080p picture with gorgeous blacks and superb blacks. The color contrast is fabulous. With a brightness of 3000 lumens, this projector will perform well in normal office environments however it may start to struggle in direct sunlight. To be fair though, most projectors in this price bracket would struggle in direct sunlight too.

The projector also comes with two inbuilt 10W speakers. Although the sound quality won’t be as good as if your laptop was plugged into a sound system, these speakers will be more than adequate for business presentations.

Connectivity is delivered by 1 x HDMI 1.4a 3D support + MHL and 1 x HDMI 1.4a 3D supported ports. Please note that this projector doesn’t support VGA so please check your laptop outputs before purchasing. This isn’t a major issue as VGA to HDMI adapters are available although the use of the inbuilt speakers wouldn’t be possible in this configuration. You would need to rely on external speakers or your laptop’s speakers.

In conclusion, if your presentations are really on media-rich imagery, this is the model for you as your presentations will look stunning due to the Darbee technology available.

Full specs

Resolution
1080p Full HD (1920×1080)
Brightness
3,000 lumens
Contrast ratio
28,000:1
Native aspect ratio
16:9
Projection distance (m)
0.5m – 3.35m
Zoom type
Fixed
Connections
Inputs 1 x HDMI 1.4a 3D support + MHL, 1 x HDMI 1.4a 3D support
Outputs 1 x Audio 3.5mm, 1 x USB-A power 1A
Control 1 x 3D sync, 1 x 12V trigger, 1 x mini USB service
Speakers
2x 10W
Net weight
2.66kg
Dimensions (W x D x H) mm
315 x 224 x 114

Conclusion

Optoma GT1080Darbee was almost awarded our All-rounder editors choice however the Epson V11H795020 PowerLite 1780W pipped it to the post due to its lighter weight and therefore superior portability as well as flexible connectivity options.

This article really does prove that you get what you pay for and if you are wanting to deliver high-quality PowerPoint presentations, if you can stretch to the higher price brackets for projectors, you will see superior results, without the need to spend truly ridiculous amounts.